This is it!
One more night before you hold Edward in your hands in all his twisted glory!
One last song from the playlist revealed today – and this is the big one. It is THE Midnight Sun song. It doesn’t fit into a specific place in the story, it’s the overarching theme song for the whole novel.
And you’ve never heard it before.
Many years ago, when I was working on the Twilight movies, one of the really fun parts of producing was listening to songs that had been submitted for consideration for the soundtrack. You know we had some really incredible music on all the soundtracks, but you should have seen everything we had to choose from. It was a smorgasbord of audial awesomeness. The one and only Alex Patsavas was our music supervisor (look her up, odds are that if you’ve ever thought, “Wow, that series has excellent music,” she was probably the reason why), and she showered us with mind-blowing options, some written specifically for the movies, some not. The director couldn’t choose every single song they loved. Often, things I loved were released separately later. Sometimes the song just…disappeared.
There was this one song by one of my favorite bands—it was such an amazing encapsulation of Edward’s mindset throughout Twilight, the despair and the hope and the despair again. The joy of first love plus the sure knowledge of impending tragedy. Perhaps because it was such a specifically Edwardian song, it never found a place in a Bella-centric movie. So it just sat there, being perfect for a story that was only in my head. The band never released the song. It only existed on an old submissions CD and my personal Midnight Sun playlist.
I’ve been listening to this song for a decade, all by myself.
When I realized that Midnight Sun was actually going to happen, that I was going to be able to finish it, my mind quickly turned to the playlist. There was pruning to be done, adding, subtracting, searching for songs that captured what I needed… but then this big problem. It wouldn’t be the Midnight Sun playlist without THE song. Which didn’t officially exist.
Skip to the happy ending: with an assist from Alex the Amazing, I was able to get in touch with the band and to my great joy, they were willing to help out. So here is THE song. I hope you love it as much as I do, though I’m not sure that’s possible. From the very excellent band Motion City Soundtrack, I give you Crooked Ways.